Woven Lacing

Woven Lacing

An “extreme lacing” for those who want what others wouldn't attempt. The laces weave up and down between rows, creating an intricate mesh.

Diagram for 8 pairs of eyelets

To activate controls, please enable JavaScript

Lacing Technique

• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets.

• Both lace ends angle upwards to about the level of the next pair of eyelets, forming “empty loops” above before angling back down and crossing each other in the middle of the shoe.

• Both ends continue angling down to the level of the current pair of eyelets, looping around the shoelace at that position. On this first pass, they will loop under the bottom straight section, but on subsequent passes they will loop through the empty loops from previous passes.

• Both ends then angle back up and feed in through the next higher set of eyelets. Don't pull tight because the slack will be picked up on the next pass.

• Repeat the above steps to create another set of empty loops above, then loop through the loops below, then feed out through the next higher set of eyelets.

• Continue weaving up and down between pairs of eyelets, at each pass alternating between feeding in or feeding out through the next higher set of eyelets.

• At the top of the shoe, the lace ends once again pick up the empty loops from the previous pass before meeting in the middle.


Decorative look

Very difficult

Must be kept tied

32% shorter ends


Once completed, the woven bits must be carefully adjusted to make them even, then the ends tied with a conventional shoelace knot to hold everything in position. Like Checkerboard Lacing, this method is not really designed to be tightened or loosened, effectively forcing the shoe to be used as a “slip-on”.

Shoelace Lengths for Woven Lacing

Pairs of eyelets: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Length needed: 75 cm
29 inch
89 cm
35 inch
104 cm
41 inch
118 cm
47 inch
133 cm
52 inch
147 cm
58 inch
162 cm
64 inch
Lengths available: 27" 36" 40" 45" 54" 54" 63"

NOTE: These are approximate shoelace lengths for using this lacing on an average sized sneaker. For more accurate lengths, use the Shoelace Length Calculator.

Comparative Length

Longer shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.

Shorter ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (−32% on average).

More details.

Rate This Lacing Method

• Select rating, then click button to submit.

• Or, view results without rating this method.

Please only vote once – multiple votes are removed daily

Support Ian


Click to buy U-Lace elastic shoelace segments (USA)
Click to buy tough shoelaces from Ironlace (USA)
Click to buy shoelaces from Big Laces (UK)

This page last updated: 06-May-2021. Copyright © 2006-2021 by Ian W. Fieggen. All rights reserved.

Website created by Ian Fieggen (aka. “Professor Shoelace”), inventor of the Ian Knot.

Ian's Other Websites:
Ian's Shoelace SiteShoelaceIan's Software SiteSoftwareIan's Graphics SiteGraphicsIan Fieggen's SiteIanFieggen Family TreeTree